The Feeling Of Repulsion

July 7, 2013

The Feeling Of Repulsion                       

            What are your moral values?  There are some moral values that we should highly approve, while others should give us a feeling of repulsion.  There are still others that will fall somewhere between the top and the bottom.  Sometimes we have to accept the good with the bad, but if our feeling of repulsion is what it should be, we should tend to reject the good when it is accompanied with the bad.  For example, how do you feel about a good product advertised on television when it is accompanied by a semi-nude woman?

Suppose you and your wife have invited a married couple to visit and spend the night at your house.  How would you react if the wife of the invited couple came out of their bedroom dressed in nothing more than her underclothes?  I would hope it would be repulsive to you.  Why then are you willing to have magazines around your house that show women dressed that way?  Why do you tolerate nudity on television?

A believer in Jesus Christ should manifest two things to the world.  First he should manifest a love for God.  He should practice what we are told to do in I Peter 3:15.  “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”  Secondly, he should manifest his values to the world by the way he lives.  “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?” (II Peter 3:11).  “Conversation” in that verse, means behavior.

If immorality doesn’t produce a negative reaction in us, it’s a sign that we approve of it.  Just the fact that we don’t participate in certain things isn’t sufficient.  We should also be willing to express our disapproval.  It may mean that we will be turned off by some, but at the same time we will be more highly respected by others.  Someone has said that all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to say nothing.  People who live an immoral life style are less ashamed if no one disapproves of it.

Unfortunately, the word “tolerance” is being greatly abused by many in our day.  We are told that it is our duty to tolerate the wicked life style of others or their bizarre religious beliefs.  I’m sorry, but if my son or grandson is abusing himself with habit forming drugs, I’m going to tell him he is doing wrong.  If someone is in a religion that believes it is permissible to take the life of those who refuse to accept their religion, I want to let them know that God doesn’t approve of their religion in any way.

One day, in our early years as missionaries in Argentina, we took the children of the church on an excursion.   The other children in the neighborhood knew that we would be gone all day.  Shortly after we left they congregated in front of our house and made preparations to go into our back yard and steal figs off our fig tree.  What they didn’t know was that a teen age boy from Uruguay, who was staying at our house, wasn’t feeling well and decided to spend the day at our house.  He was lying on a bed in the house, with the window open, when he heard them talking.  He heard one boy say, “I’m not going in, but be sure to bring some figs out for me.” He had enough repulsion of evil to know that what they were doing was wrong, but not enough to keep him from taking advantage of the evil of the rest.  His thinking was similar to that of some Christians today.  There are things they don’t do, but they don’t have any qualms about others doing them.

Where is our feeling of repulsion?  How long has it been since you were thoroughly disgusted about the wicked behavior of others?  Ephesians 4:26 says there is a time and reason for being angry.    “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”  We may think nothing of it if we hear that the home of someone whom we don’t know was broken into and valuables were taken.  We are more bothered about it if it was a friend of ours and we are irate if it is  own house.

We should always be kind and tactful in correcting others.  I have known preachers who preach against sin in such a way that sinners feel offended and leave with ill will towards them.  Other preachers know how to preach against sin in such a way that people can’t help but agree with them.  Our personal rebuke of others should be in like manner.

There are things that God hates.  In the Bible they are often called an abomination.  Some of those things are named in Proverbs 6:16-19.  “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:    A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,    An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,    A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Psalm 101:3-4 mentions some more things God hates. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.   A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.” We, as God’s people, should hate what he hates.

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